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and the other is Cambodian. I have some sparringpartners as well and we train together every day.What does your training programme consist of?My training has been very intensive lately. We traintwice a day, every day, and it consists of a variety ofdisciplines, including weightlifting, cross-countryrunning, defence and attack techniques, flexibility andstretching, strength work, upper body work andshadow boxing.What are your targets for London 2012?I am really looking forward to London 2012, but to getthere I have to qualify first, so my only target currentlyis to make sure I make the cut and am able to go to London next year!Who were your Olympic heroes when you were younger? Oscar De La Hoya is one of my favourites. I was still asmall boy when he went to the 1992 Olympic Gamesin Barcelona but I have seen many of his fights onvideo and I really like him. Another hero for me isManny Pacquiao. I love watching his fights and seehim as my role model.60OLYMPIC REVIEWOLYMPIC SOLIDARITYHow and when did you start boxing and whichcategory do you compete in?I compete in the 60kg category. I started boxing in2004 because of my love for the sport but also toprotect myself. Through boxing, I am also able to stayhealthy as I train regularly to keep fit.What skills does a boxer need to possess?There are many skills a boxer needs. However, I thinkthe most important is the ability to control yourbreathing. You also need to be able to drop your weightwhen blocking and keep your eyes on the opponent.How has the Olympic Solidarity Programme helped you?The Olympic Solidarity scholarship has helped meprepare for the London 2012 Olympic Games in manyways. I am motivated to train harder and, with the extra training I have been doing since March 2011, I have also improved my strength. Also, my mentaltraining has helped me to focus more on the taskahead, and I have gained more confidence in myself.Who do you train with?I train with my two coaches - one of them is from CubaINTERVIEWSOPHAT PHALTHE CAMBODIAN BOXER RECEIVED A HUGE BOOST WHEN HE WAS CHOSEN TORECEIVE AN OLYMPIC SOLIDARITY SCHOLARSHIP, WHICH HE HOPES WILL PROPELHIM THROUGH QUALIFICATION FOR THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES IN LONDON

OLYMPIC REVIEW61OLYMPIC SOLIDARITYHow did you get started in modern pentathlon?I first started horse riding with the Pony Club when Iwas very young and then moved up the ranks and didtetrathlons [a combination of riding, running, swimmingand shooting]. I was on the international teams andeventually I just picked up the fencing. Then two yearsago, when our coach Lindsey Weedon came over, shereally got us into it. Up until last year I hadn't actuallydone a World Cup, so she really got us going and set up the standards.How does your Olympic Solidarity scholarship help you?Without it, I wouldn't be able to compete. It's an expensive sport, but fortunately because of the scholarship I've been able to go to all the World Cups,which helped me qualify for the World Cup Final, andhopefully I'll be able to qualify for London 2012. Withoutit I really wouldn't have been able to go anywhere.What does it take to be good at modern pentathlon?A lot of time and dedication. Five sports takes a lot oftime - many people think we're just average at each ofthe sports, but when you pull them all together it doestake a lot of time and effort. To try and work it all in withcollege as well is really difficult - I don't think I'd be ableto do it without Lindsey, who arranges our schedules.What are the challenges of training for five different disciplines?Injury would be a big one because you're crossing overso much. It's also very tiring as you're trying to fit inabout four training sessions a day. When you'rerunning hard in the morning, swimming hard in theevening and trying to fit fencing in between you're justexhausted. I like to sleep a lot!Is there one discipline that you prefer over the others?I've always ridden horses - I started when I was youngand I've done that a lot, so that really would be myfavourite one and fortunately I don't have to work onthat as much as the others. I only just picked upfencing a couple of years ago so I have to work reallyhard at that compared to the others.Do you have any sporting heroes, either in modernpentathlon or in other sports?In modern pentathlon I'd definitely say GeorginaHarland. She was the bronze medallist in Athens in2004 and she came over and gave us a speechwhen we were just picking up the first highperformance standards. She really inspired us.Outside modern pentathlon, I suppose athletes likeCarolina Kluft who do multiple events and stillmanage to perform at their best.What would it be like for you to compete in theLondon Olympic Games and who would be yourmain rivals?Well, hopefully first of all I make it, and then I can thinkabout rivals and places. There are so many top-classathletes, especially among the British team - they haveso many athletes going for just two places. It's thesame with Germany, Italy and China. So just gettingthere is the first step.What would you look forward to most about London 2012?Just the whole experience. Who wouldn't say thatgoing to the Olympic Games is a dream? To representmy country and my sport and hopefully make it morewell-known around the world.What do you like to do in your spare time?I like just hanging out with my friends, like anyone else,and I like sleeping! I go to college as well - just normal things that everyone else does.You finished 20th at the World Cup Final in London inJuly - how much of a boost was that for you as you target Olympic qualification?It's fantastic to have placed so high, it really gives me a confidence boost for the rest of the season. I'm reallystarting to believe in myself, and when you do thatanything's possible. London [2012] is so far away butthis is a step in the right direction for me. It's going tobe a long road, but it really would be phenomenal to be on the start list for the Olympic Games and I'mgoing to do all I can do to get there.INTERVIEWNATALYA COYLEAFTER BECOMING THE FIRST IRISH MODERN PENTATHLETE TO QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD CUP FINAL, NATALYA COYLE IS TARGETING NEXTYEAR'S OLYMPIC GAMES IN LONDON THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF HEROLYMPIC SOLIDARITY SCHOLARSHIP